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Ecology Law Currents is the online-only publication of Ecology Law Quarterly, one of the nation’s most respected and widely read environmental law journals. Currents features short-form commentary and analysis on timely environmental law and policy issues.

Land Use and Climate Change: Is it Time for a National Land Use Policy?

Catherine J. LaCroix * [ jump to end/comments ][ download PDF ] The immediate and short answer to the question in the title is no. It will never be time for an articulated federal land use policy; the tradition of local control of land use is simply too strong. But consider, for a moment, what

China's Environment After the Olympics

Lo Sze Ping * [ jump to end/comments ][ download PDF ] I. Introduction China’s economy is the fastest growing in the world. Official Chinese government figures, from the National Bureau of Statistics, indicate that China’s economy grew 11.9 percent in 2007, the fastest rate of growth in more than a decade.[1] However, nearly thirty

Building Energy Efficiency in China

Ruidong Jin and Fan Rui * [ jump to end/comments ][ download PDF ] I. Yesterday: Was Building Energy Efficiency Needed in China? This was the question asked by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) when we first entered China early in 1998. To our surprise, we found few people interested in energy efficient buildings. In

Oct 30, 2008

Enhancing China’s Environmental Governance: Challenges and Opportunities

Fuqiang Yang and Min Hu * [ jump to end/comments ][ download PDF ] Introduction China’s economic and social development has had severe environmental impacts: from land and water resource deterioration to becoming the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter, pollution has resulted in total losses equivalent to 3.05 percent of China’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).[1]